By Joan Murray

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — Former Miami-Dade School Board member Solomon Stinson, will remain behind bars without bond, in connection with a shooting spree that unfolded Sunday, June 2 in west Broward.

Stinson, 81, made his first court appearance Friday morning on attempted murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges. His attorney filed a not guilty plea.

Police say the bizarre series of events began in Miramar when police say Stinson threatened a stranger with his gun in The Monarch Lakes community.

Next, Pembroke Pines police say, he got into a fight over a parking space outside a movie theatre, shot at one man’s car and then followed a woman in her car and fired at her.

Stinson is also accused of getting into a gun battle with police before crashing his car on West Sheridan Street, where the Cadillac caught fire and being taken into custody.

Afterwards, police say, Stinson was given a mental health evaluation at the hospital before finally being taken to the Broward jail on Thursday.

Solomon Stinson’s first appearance in bond court on June 7, 2019. (CBS4)


In bond court Friday, Stinson appeared in a suicide vest and shackled.

Assistant State Attorney Eric Linder argued for no bond on the most serious charge dealing with attempted murder.

“I’m concerned because the bullet came within inches of the victim,” he said.

The judge ordered Stinson held without bond on that charge.

An Arthur hearing will be held at a later time to see if Stinson can qualify for bond and be released pending trial.

Stinson is a former longtime Miami-Dade School Board member who retired from the Miami-Dade County School Board in 2010, after 14 years.

Before he was elected, he served the district in various capacities, including as an elementary school teacher, principal and deputy superintendent. He earned multiple degrees and education certifications, including a doctorate in school administration from the University of Iowa.

Miami-Dade’s Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution May 21 co-designating portions of roads in northeastern part of the county as “Dr. Solomon Stinson Street.”

The resolution noted that Stinson “devoted 36 years of outstanding and dedicated service as an educator, role model, and mentor to help shape thousands of children’s lives.”